5 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Hornets & Wasps in the Attic

Did a species of hornets or wasps make themselves feel at home in your attic? Here are five natural remedies you can use to get rid of them.

How to Get Rid of Wasps & Hornets

1. Use a Solar Wasp Trap Catcher
Use a wasp catcher, such as the EOMOO Trap Catcher, to trap and kill the hornets and wasps. These traps contain a solar-charged light that attracts the insects via heat and brightness.

Wasp Hornet Jar Trap

All you have to do is to add some something sugary (e.g. syrup solution) into the jar to attract the insects. The wasps won’t be able to easily exit once they make their way into the jar. They will either drown in the sugary solution or die of dehydration.

2. Use a Shop Vac filled with Soapy Water
Locate the part of the attic where the hornets and wasps are coming and going. Fill a shop vac with soapy water then place the head attachment near the source of the insects.

The wasps and hornets will get sucked in to the vacuum and drown in the soapy water. Leave the shop vac on for a few hours to catch as many of them as you can.

3. Use a Pressurized Soapy Water Spray
If you are dealing with a minor wasp or hornet problem then it may be as simple as spraying soapy water at the flying insects.

Get a pressurized spray bottle and fill it with water and a few drops of dish soap. Next, find the wasps and spray them with the solution. The wasps won’t be able to fly with soap on their wings. This may work with removing other flying insects, such as mosquitoes, although as we said earlier, this pest control solution is more for isolated pests.

4. Apply Peppermint Oil to Repel Wasps
Wasps do not like the scent of peppermint oil. Identify where the hornets and wasps are entering your house from and spray some peppermint oil solution on those areas to repel the pests.

5. Set up a Sugar & Water Trap
Get a two-liter plastic bottle and cut the upper portion. Next, flip the upper portion and use duct tape to stick the two bottle pieces together. Fill the bottle with a mix of sugar, water, and a bit of vinegar. Place the bottle somewhere close to the wasps. They will fly in and get trapped.

If you are unable to locate the hornet or wasp nests in the attic then we recommend you to bring in the professionals to help control the pest problem. Sugar solution traps can also be used for other common household pests, such as ants. Fortunately, many insects get attracted to a simple ingredient like sugar.

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